Sara Bareilles is a breath of fresh air in an oftentimes not-so-fresh Hollywood. We recently sat down with the talented singer-songwriter to chat about being "Brave" and facing our insecurities, and Beyoncé — in a sing off.
"I think it might be Beyoncé, not because I think I could actually have a sing off with her, but just because I wanna meet her." Bey and Sara could totally bond over their 2013 VMA nods. Beyoncé's "I Was Here" is up for Best Video With A Message, and Sara's "Brave" is a runner-up in the same category.
Sara Bareilles' "Brave" was inspired by the LGBTQ community, particularly a close friend who struggled with coming out. The song and video encourage young people to be brave, and not to hide their true selves from the world. "I would like to encourage LGBTQ youth to remember that your voice matters, and by being brave and stepping forward you give permission to other people around you to do the same," says Sara. "It's an uncomfortable cross to bear, but there's so much support for you and so much love to receive when you're ready for it." Sara recently performed "Brave" at the Do Something Awards — an awards show created specifically to honor young people and celebs who are bravely making a positive difference in the world.
Like most of us, it took Sara a while to feel comfortable in her own skin. "Growing up, I had a lot of body issues and beauty anxiety," she says. "I wish I was brave enough to confront that at a young age and care a little bit less about what everyone else thought." Now that she has the voice, Sara is devoted to making sure other young people don't have to suffer through the same insecurities. "I really want to spend time and energy teaching and encouraging young girls to honor themselves exactly the way they are," says Sara. "And to know that we don't have to change for anybody.